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Just Listed- 1509 Azalea Ct., Lake Placid

by Maureen Cool

Move-In Ready Home in Sylvan Shores

Welcome to 1509 Azalea Ct. in Sylvan Shores. This well-maintained home has excellent curb appeal and is in move-in condition. Situated on a large corner lot with easy access to park your boat or RV on the additional concrete drive. The floor plan has an open flow with an L-shaped living room/dining room combo. French doors from the dining area open to a screened porch with vinyl windows for year-round enjoyment. Just outside the lanai is a small patio for grilling. The home has tile throughout with carpet in the bedrooms. The spacious kitchen has a large pantry and newer appliances. Master bedroom has a private bathroom with a walk-in shower. The new front door allows, and glass storm door allows indirect light. The two-car garage is a generous size with one side 31' deep ideal for storing your boat. The shed was new in 2016 to for additional storage. Enjoy boating and fishing on Lake Clay with the boat ramp conveniently close by. This home is ideal for enjoying your winters in Florida or for year-round living.

Maureen Cool, CRS
RE/MAX Realty Plus

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Highlands County Experts Predict Housing Uptick

by Maureen Cool

Will the rise in home prices that is now thrilling homeowners in Miami and Tampa ever reach Highlands County? If it's going to happen, then this is the year.

A review of county sales data for 2012 shows the five-year slide in home prices has finally halted. What's more, experts see 2013 as the year when the market will post solid gains.

Re/Max Realty Plus's Maureen Cool, who has 15 years of experience in Highlands, sees 2013 as the year the local market bounces back.

Read the entirety of the article written by Manuel Cortazal with Highlands Today here

Sebring, Lake Placid and Avon Park Real Estate is Rockin!

by Maureen Cool - Highlands County Real Estate

STOP, LOOK and LISTEN--The Real Estate Market in Highlands County…..Sebring, Lake Placid and Avon Park is Rockin! 

As a Realtor, this is the real estate market I have been waiting for.  With over 18 years of experience, I have been through the highs and the lows and have seen the signs before.  As a buyer now is the time to make the decision to buy.  As a seller, I need your home to sell!   Inventory is low and homes are selling with multiple offers.  The homes here in Highlands County are seeing a price increase especially in the 150k and under range.  Homes in the 100k or less price range in good condition are going under contract as soon as they hit the market.  The higher end homes are right behind.

In 2012, economist say that for the last 5 years homes sales kept moving upward. Existing home sales and new homes sales remarkably improved according to the National Association of Realtors.  "Housing has historically led the U.S. economy out of recessions. That didn't happen this time, and it's one reason the economic recovery has been weak" says David Crowe, chief economist for the National Association of Home Builders.   It is now contributing to the economy’s recovery from recession. Though the road to recovery is slow, it will start to get normal as prices increase for newly built home as well as existing homes that includes furnishings, appliances and beautiful interior and landscaping according to Crowe. 

Home sales and prices are being driven higher by interest rates. They averaged 3.38% for a standard 30-year-fixed rate mortgage for the week ended Jan. 17. Average interest rates for 30-year-fixed loans have been below 4% for the past 14 months, Freddie Mac data show.  The low rates, along with home prices that fell more than 30% from their 2006 peak, has vastly improved housing affordability. 

Job growth is another factor  effecting home prices. The unemployment rate stood at 7.8% in December, down from its peak of 10% in the fall of 2010. A better job market is enabling more people to move out on their own, which is driving housing demand. Net household formations topped 1 million in each of the past two years.  That's more than twice the level of 2009 and 2010. 

With the decrease in inventory, the supply of homes for sale in December fell to 4.4 months, based on December's sales pace, the NAR says. That's the lowest level since May 2005. Supplies are dwindling in the face of rising demand, fewer foreclosures and reluctant sellers. 

Not all economists see brighter days ahead for housing, given what market researcher CoreLogic says was a 7.4% jump in home prices in November from a year earlier.  Higher taxes and cuts in government spending, along with still-tepid job growth, will weigh on the market this year, says Steven Ricchiuto, chief economist for Mizuho Securities.  Interest rates, too, aren't likely to go lower unless the economic recovery falters. The low rates have already sucked in home buyers who were waiting to buy, he says.   

"You've probably already seen the best of the housing recovery," Ricchiuto says. (  Data shows the trends in sales for the past 5 years and this indicates the prices for each of the properties being sold.  You can see that prices vary every year. This is the best time to look at properties for investments or purchase beautiful homes since most are still priced low.  As the sales increase the price will also move up so take advantage of this time of the year.  You do not want to be priced out of the market like so many were buyers were in 2005.

Call me today at 863 873-7243 or visit   I will help you find that perfect home and negotiate the best price.

Maureen Cool
RE/MAX Realty Plus



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RE/MAX Realty Plus
809 US 27 South
Sebring FL 33870
Fax: 863-385-5897

Maureen Cool * RE/MAX Realty Plus
809 US 27 South, Sebring, Florida 33870
Office: 863-385-0077 X215
Direct: 863-873-7243
Fax: 863-385-5897



Maureen Cool of RE/MAX Realty Plus offers real estate services to buyers, sellers, relocation's in the Highlands County real estate area.

Including Polk County, Hardee County, Okeechobee County, Desota County and Glades County.

Whether you are looking for luxury, investment, second home, commercial, bank owned, foreclosures properties Maureen Cool and The Cool Team are your real estate professionals for the entire Central Florida area.

Maureen Cool is your Luxury Home Expert in Highlands County. 
She can assist you with your Sebring, Avon Park and Lake Placid real estate needs. 



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